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Bhutanese women queue outside a polling station in Paro on Friday waiting to cast their vote. Bhutan began its parliamentary election, only its second, after officials trekked for up to seven days to reach voters in the most remote corners of the Himalayan kingdom

Bhutanese women, in traditional costume, wait to cast their vote for the nation's second parliamentary election, outside a polling station at Martang, Bhutan, Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The remote nation of 700,000 had its first election in 2008 after the king voluntarily reduced the monarchy's role in running the country. A total of 67 candidates were competing Tuesday for the 20 elected seats in the 25-member upper house. The five remaining seats are filled by royal appointment.

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Bhutanese women, in traditional costume, wait to cast their vote for the nation’s second parliamentary election, outside a polling station at Martang, Bhutan. The remote nation of 700,000 had its first election in 2008, after the king voluntarily reduced the monarchy’s role in running the country. A total of 67 candidates were competing on Tuesday for the 20 elected seats in the 25-member upper house. The five remaining seats are filled by royal appointment.